With airlines charging more and more for baggage fees, space in your luggage is at a premium these days. Finding items that can do double-duty on your vacation can save you valuable time and money. Tampa Fashion and Beauty Examiner and Certified Image Consultant and Author of "Wear This, Not That!" Kelly Machbitz was recently on Daytime TV demonstrating multi-purpose items you should pack for your next trip. Her tips included:
- Vaseline: Not only does it prevent blisters on feet, it is a great moisturizer, removes eye makeup, and also makes for a quick shoe shine and removes dirt and grime from leather or vinyl goods.
- Q-tips: What can't they be used for? Cleaning everything from ears to jewelry, including getting sand out of small places. Dip a q-tip in alcohol to clean cameras and electronics quickly and effectively.
- Over-sized white button-down shirt: Use as a swimsuit cover-up, evening jacket for cold restaurants, or a make-shift robe. The possibilities are endless.
- Flip flops: Not only perfect for the beach or poolside, they can be used as slippers.
- Socks: Good for keeping your feet warm, but also make an eco-friendly "bubble wrap" to keep breakables safe, and also help shoes retain their shape when packing. Stash a pair of stock in an outside pocket of your carry on bag to slip on your feet when the airport security doesn't provide the nifty "paper slippers."
- Large Scarf/Pashmina: Use as an evening wrap to cover arms, as a skirt or swimsuit cover-up. It also makes a great skirt and can be turned into a makeshift tote bag to take to the beach or out for a day of shopping.
- Ziploc bags and recycled grocery bags: Use Ziploc bags to pack wet swimsuits, and other liquids. Recycled grocery bags are good for packing shoes. Wrap a separate bag around each shoe and place in corners of bag. Recycled grocery bags also make for good laundry bags. Use one for whites and another for dark colored items so you won't have to bother sorting clothes to launder when you return home -- and fold dirty laundry. (It sound funny, but it makes it much easier to pack.)
- Flashlight: Staying in unfamiliar places and experiencing a power outage can be a pretty scary thing. By bringing your own flashlight, you'll be able to make it out of the room and to the closest stairwell safely. It's also appreciated when a travel mate uses it to find his or her way to the bathroom in the middle of the night instead of turning on all the lights in room.